Throwback Thursday #67 – Class Assignments

Maggie is our hostess this week. Best wishes to Lauren who had her surgery on Tuesday.
May she heal and get well quickly.
This week’s prompt is: Class Assignments

Being in the UK, we had homework and I cannot remember anything being an actual assignment, so most of Maggie’s guidelines don’t really apply to me I’m afraid.

I have made no secret of the fact I hated Grammar School.
My sister and I overlapped by a year, and I was always compared to her. She was good at French, needlework, and sports, whereas I was embarrassed by the staff because I was not. My best subjects were maths, English (I loved to write stories or poetry, but they didn’t come up very often) and music. They didn’t notice.

We had seven lessons a day, 2 after assembly before morning break, 2 after, and then 3 in the afternoon. This though could be split into 2 lessons of one and a half periods each.

We had biology, chemistry, physics, maths, English, French, German, cookery, needlework, craft, art, music and PE.
I was a librarian for the last two years of school, and any spare time would find me in the library arranging the display on my section which was permanently on view through the corridor. I made sure different books were visible every week.

When I insisted on taking my Music O level rather than cookery or needlework which I was hopeless at because I didn’t ‘do it like teacher’, my teacher agreed for me to do some old O level exam papers and she would mark them for me to see if it was a viable option. I averaged around 90% and she was surprised to learn I can play the piano, even though I didn’t have lessons through the school.
I took 5 O levels in the end, failing Geography and English Literature.
1972 was not a good year for me and I left school that summer when I was 16.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Throwback Thursday #67 – Class Assignments

  1. glyn40wilton says:

    I was in a Grammar school for years. The first year was the worse but the fourth year was the best. I hated Maths and technical drawing (what was the point of that subject anyway?). I liked English, art, geography and music classes.

  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Ah, a library worker in school! Same here, and I sure liked it. 🙂

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I walked out on my maths exam, scored 3 out of 100

    • OMG. Maths was one of my best subjects and I love figurework which is why I enjoyed my job as an analyst and all my other jobs as an adult revolved around money or figures somehow!

      • Nope, Not Pam says:

        I work as an accountant now, but I work mainly on problem solving cash flow etc

      • I was in High Street banking for 6 years, accounts and billing for a year and a half, cash run, allocation and costing for 7 years, International Banking for 12, credit control for 4 and sales ledger for 2, so all figures.

  4. Maggie says:

    I do not understand your school structure at all! I am sorry school was such a bad experience. Art and music are often not appreciated. When I hired people for computer analysts jobs, I often looked for people strong in either math or music. They were always the most adept in picking up the concepts needed.

  5. murisopsis says:

    The questions were daunting – so many and in such detail! My senior year, one assignment from Mrs. Angel (horribly misnamed!) at the beginning of the year, where we were given a list of 10 words and she asked us to use them in a story. I diligently used them and wrote a quick story but I wasn’t quick enough. She asked for the papers and I was the last to turn it in. She berated me for not finishing it (I took a whole 30 sec. more)soon enough. Anyway, she marked me down even though I used all the words and correctly too. Come to find out the people who got 100 just wrote 10 random sentences using the words! Even though she specifically asked for a story to be written. That set the tone for the year – luckily I managed an A.

    • Good for you. I had several classmates copy my science homework and they all got a B-. I was given a C- and demanded to know why. The teacher told me I shouldn’t copy and I said they’d all copied ME so why were their grade better. She amended them all, including mine, to C+

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